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Nursing: APA Format

Guide to selected print and electronic nursing and health sciences information sources available to SUU students, faculty and staff. For more information or help, contact Library Reference at 865-8040.

APA Format

APA Manual coverAPA (American Psychological Association) Style

APA Style is the set of guidelines and rules that the APA maintains for writing research papers and citing your sources in the social sciences. Sources cited in APA Style are called "References." All the guidelines, rules, and everything you want to learn about the APA citation style, you can find in:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Copies of the Manual are available in the library in Reserve (check at the Circulation Desk), the Reference Collection (BF76.7 .P83 2010), and the Main Collection (BF76.7 .P83 2010). 

APA Style Help 

From the SUU Library choose Research then Research Guides:

Most article databases have information on citing articles:

Academic Search Premier and all EBSCO databases:

  • Click article title in Results list
  • Click Cite this article iconfull text icon
  • Choose APA Citation Format
  • Copy/paste citation (Check for exact formatting and punctuation. Provided citations are not always correct.  Best to double check.)

Citation Generators

Most article databases will have a link to generate a citation for selected articles. E.g.:

EBSCO databases: e.g., CINAHL with Full Textfull text icon

  • Click article title or the HTML or PDF Full Text links in the Results list 
  • Click the  Cite icon in the right panel 
  • Choose APA format
  • Copy/paste citation. Check for exact formatting and punctuation. Provided citations are not always correct.
  • While viewing the article, click the book icon in the bar above the article.

Follow these steps to get APA formatted citations from EBSCO databases:

  1. On the article results page click on the title of the article 
  2. On the Detailed Record page click Cite in the Tools panel to the right 
  3. Copy the APA citation

APA citation copy from EBSCO: 1. click article title, 2. click cite, 3. Copy APA citation.

 Free Citation Generators 

  • Google Scholar 
    Click Cite link under article information.
  • KnightCite 
    Maintained by Calvin College, this site generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago formats.
  • NCSU Citation Generator 
    Citation builder maintained by North Carolina State University.
  • Citation Machine 
    Uses a web form to generate citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian formats.
    Online Citation Generator and Manager. Note Cite/Export link at top of record.
  • Zotero 
    Free Reference Management Software that must be downloaded to your computer. It allows the researcher to collect, organize, cite and collaborate on research. Also has a free, easy-to-use browser extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.